The Rigged System and the Real Economy: Corbynism, Antisemitism and Productivist Critiques of Capitalism

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Abstract

This chapter surveys the theoretical roots of the antisemitism crisis associated with the British Labour Party since Jeremy Corbyn’s accession to power in 2015, specifically with reference to the notion of capitalism as a ‘rigged system’ imposed by the unproductive on the productive. Drawing on heterodox Marxian critical theory, the chapter suggests that this notion can create an environment where antisemitic perspectives are legitimated. It concludes that ‘truncated’ or ‘personalised’ critiques of capitalism block a properly critical and historical analysis of capitalist social relations, and thus fail to come to terms with the current transformations in capitalist society, with dangerous consequences for left politics in an age of authoritarian nationalism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClockwork Enemy
Subtitle of host publicationXenophobia and Racism in the Era of Neo-populism
EditorsAlfredo Alietti, Dario Padovan
PublisherMimesis International
Pages187-220
ISBN (Print)9788869772696
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Structured keywords

  • Global Political Economy
  • MGMT Work Organisation and Public Policy

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